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A Separate Reality: Further Conversations…

A Separate Reality: Further Conversations With Don Juan (original 1968; edition 1991)

by Carlos Castaneda

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Title:A Separate Reality: Further Conversations With Don Juan
Authors:Carlos Castaneda
Info:Washington Square Press (1991), Paperback, 272 pages
Collections:Your library, Read, Own
Tags:Biography/Memoirs, Carlos Castaneda, Meditation, Metaphysics, Non-Fiction, Spirituality, Teachings of Don Juan

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In retrospect my existence seemed to lack some dimensions before learning to know don Juan, whose casual straddling of parallel realities really is one of its kind. I don't care about the discussion as to how literally the author's accounts are to be taken, whether or not they're even related to Yaqui Indians – there's something so reassuring and honest about this brujo that I can't but take him seriously. As he rolls out his mat in his simple house, puts his hands behind his neck and falls asleep, I truly feel my (bohemian?) materialism is poverty. He's so rich with nothing, he doesn't even need books!
1 vote ketolus | Aug 7, 2017 |
Read the entire series of Castenda books in my early college years and they were really inspirational to me. The concept of alternate ways of thinking and separate realities were novel to me at the time. I have always meant to return to them. I like the mixture of a deeper hidden message and that of the light tale of the medicine man that runs through the pages. ( )
1 vote Phoenixangelfire | Apr 6, 2014 |
All books of Carlos Castaneda are very important to me. He (and his Don Juan), Vadim Zeland - writer from Russia, quantum physicist and Alexey Bachev - an unusual psychologist from Bulgaria, main character of my book Life Can Be a Miracle have shaped my way of thinking, perceiving, experiencing the reality. Very grateful for showing me the miraculous way of living!!!! ( )
  ivinela | Dec 10, 2013 |
This adventerous meditation explores the spiritual ways of an Yaqui Indian sorceror in Mexico. Castaneda's writing is eloquently simple while conveying his ideas and experiences throughout the very mindful narrative. Good humors are prevelant while at the same time trying to take the sorcerors guidance with a serious and transcendental point of view. The peyote use alludes to a more naturalist era, almost pre-psychedelic, yet very much covering some of the same terrain of the enlightened mindscape. I recommend reading this book in one sitting, on a warm afternoon while roasting under the unfiltered sun. ( )
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In 1960 maakte de 26-jarige antropoloog Carlos Castaneda een studiereis door het zuidwesten van de Verenigde Staten. Zijn belangstelling gold vooral de geneeskrachtige planten die door de Indianen in die streek werden gebruikt. In Arizona ontmoette hij bij toeval een oude Yaqui Indiaan, don Juan geheten. Don Juan bleek iemand te zijn die over uitzonderlijke vermogens beschikte, hij was een 'man van kennis', een brujo, een tovenaar. Carlos Castaneda kwam onmiddellijk in zijn ban en was tien jaar lang zijn leerling. Via het gebruik van hallucinogene middelen werd hij ingewijd in een andere, aparte werkelijkheid.

Over deze ingrijpende verandering in zijn leven, en de zowel angstaanjagende als fascinerende mogelijkheden, heeft Carlos Castaneda een aantal boeken geschreven: De lessen van don Juan (1972), Een aparte werkelijkheid (1973), Reis naar Ixtlan (1975) en Kennis en macht (1976).

De lessen van don Juan is wellicht het eerste heldere boek over hallucinatoire ervaringen met de planten peyotl (Lophophora williamsii), Jimsonkruid (Datura inoxia), en een paddestoel (Psilocybe mexicana). Nuchter genoteerd, en toch van een opwindende schoonheid zijn de fantastische ervaringen die Carlos Castaneda bij de wijze Indiaan don Juan deelachtig worden.
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"A man of knowledge is free...he has no honor, no dignity, no family, no home, no country, but only life to be lived." --don Juan

In 1961 a young anthropologist subjected himself to an extraordinary apprenticeship to bring back a fascinating glimpse of a Yaqui Indian's world of "non-ordinary reality" and the difficult and dangerous road a man must travel to become "a man of knowledge." Yet on the bring of that world, challenging to all that we believe, he drew back.

Then in 1968, Carlos Castaneda returned to Mexico, to don Juan and his hallucinogenic drugs, and to a world of experience no man from our Western civilization had ever entered before.

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"In 1961, young anthropologist Carlos Castaneda began an extraordinary apprenticeship with don Juan Matus, a powerful and mysterious Yaqui Indian spiritual leader. Don Juan's message became the basis for Castaneda's classic bestselling accounts of his explorations into ancient Mexican spiritual philosophy, which captivated millions of readers. In 1968, Castaneda returned to Mexico, to don Juan and his hallucinogenic drugs, and to a world of experience no one from Western civilization had ever entered before. A Separate Reality follows Castaneda's intimate and intensely personal reunion with don Juan, as he learns to challenge conventional perceptions of reality on the difficult and dangerous road to becoming a 'man of knowledge.'"--Page 4 of cover.… (more)

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